Xbox One stereo headset coming in March

Microsoft has announced today that it will be launching its own official stereo headset for the Xbox One in March, around the same time as the scheduled update for the console that will be arriving in the same month.

The headset includes over-ear speakers and a unidirectional microphone that is designed to capture voices with as much precision as possible, although whether it works remains, of course, unseen for now.

The official Xbox One stereo headset features over-ear speakers and a unidirectional mic

The headset has an audio spectrum of 20Hz - 20kHz which should be more than enough to cope with the vast array of sound effects utilised in today's modern games. It also comes with a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter that lets you balance the game and chat audio levels, control master volume for the headset and mute the mic without removing your hands from the game controller.

The headset will be priced at $79.99 (£60 in Britain) and will launch worldwide in March. The Stereo Headset Adapter, mentioned above, will also be made available on its own for $24.99 (£20 in Britain) for use with existing 3rd party headsets or an Xbox 360 device.

Source: Microsoft via CNET UK

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That stereo headset looks awesome. I might pick one up but I definitely be getting the adapter for my turtle beach headset I got a few years back.

Nice, now everyone that already owns a headset they bought for the 360, or any other 3rd party headset, just needs to buy the adapter and keep using it on the X1. Good news there.

how so? PlayStation is onto their fourth stereo headset atm - but tbh, I'm not sold on the need for one - normal headphones work fine on PS4 - lol

pjak said,
how so? PlayStation is onto their fourth stereo headset atm - but tbh, I'm not sold on the need for one - normal headphones work fine on PS4 - lol
I have a really nice logitech bluetooth headset and the ps4 doesn't allow it to pair up, something about not having the correct profile. (I prefer mono headsets for voice com only, and around the ear style pieces hurt my ears after a few minutes)
This to me looks like a fairer deal as it would allow older style headsets to connect to it, unless I've misread...

"As a hardcore playstation fan, I'm starting to lean towards the xbox more and more...
because of little things like this"

So basically, all a company has to do to persuade you to buy their product is sell over-priced add-ons?

still_rookie said,
"As a hardcore playstation fan, I'm starting to lean towards the xbox more and more...
because of little things like this"

So basically, all a company has to do to persuade you to buy their product is sell over-priced add-ons?


He prefer's to use a headset that is more comfortable for him, so what's your problem?

still_rookie said,
"As a hardcore playstation fan, I'm starting to lean towards the xbox more and more...
because of little things like this"

So basically, all a company has to do to persuade you to buy their product is sell over-priced add-ons?

I say what I mean.
How you interpret that is not my problem, but for clarification, I'll add this...
Sony as of right now, does not allow me to use my Logitech Cordless Vantage headset, (something to do with profiles) And from what I've read in the forums, first gen Sony Bluetooths aren't supported neither, not that it matters all that much to me as they hurt my ears.
I never had any problems pairing various headsets to my ps3, everyone I ever owned worked, granted for me they weren't practical as I mentioned that the around the ear style units hurt, some moreso in a matter of minutes. I've found banded headsets like the BN666 and the aforementioned Logitech do away with the eargrip and offer a band instead, These are so much more comfortable, that I tend to forget I'm wearing them. So in my book, this is a point away from Sony, as at least Microsoft even with a £20 add on, will allow users to use existing headsets.
Sony could have done something similar, (maybe by offering a patch in the store or some other method), but no, they decide that their customers must spend more money, in replacing perfectly serviceable hardware. Now if it wasn't for my loyalty to the brand, I would seriously have to reconsider my purchase, (not to mention the lack of features at launch, which began my irritation with sony, dragging their feet, seeing as the ps3 is right now, capable of far more)